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The Scottish Enterprise Toolkit for Innovate UK Smart application

The Scottish Enterprise Toolkit for Innovate UK Smart application

01 December 2020
Venue: Webinar

Scottish Enterprise’s Funding Information & Support Service (FISS) presented a new toolkit to help companies develop an Innovate UK Smart proposal. Innovate UK Smart provides grant funding for disruptive innovation with a large market potential. It is highly competitive and we want to make sure Scottish companies have every advantage to help them beat the odds.

Post event comment from a delegate:  "It was very good, and certainly made me think about some of the questions that we have maybe given lesser priority to, and maybe focused too much on the techy / geeky bit. When applying there is a lot of information to get over in not many words or attachments, so some of the solutions were interesting"

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The speakers were: 

Dawn Florence, Innovation Specialist, Scottish Enterprise

Dawn Florence has worked with innovative Scottish companies for the last 6 years, supporting them to develop and commercialise new products and services.  As an Innovation Specialist based in Aberdeen she has worked with companies in a wide range of sectors, although primarily in the Oil and Gas sector or its supply chain. In her role she helps companies assess the opportunities they have identified, scope R&D projects and apply for innovation funding.  Most recently she has developed a toolkit to assist companies prepare their applications for funding such as Innovate UK Smart.

Looking for funding - an evaluator's perspective - 
Ulrike Knies-Bamforth, Specialist Enterprise Europe Network, Scottish Enterprise

Grant writing can seem like a daunting and colossal task. Without a doubt, competition for funds is fierce and success rates often low. In her short talk, Ulrike will provide some general insights on the requirements of writing a winning proposal – from the point of view of an assessor. She will discuss how understanding the ideas behind funding calls can help you understand what funders – and assessors - are looking for. The talk will give an overview of a typical assessment process and will cover the general dos and don’ts of proposal writing. Lastly, Ulrike will share her top tips for writing a winning proposal.

Ulrike is a life sciences professional with over 15 years’ experience in the sector spanning research, industry strategy and business development. In her current role with the Enterprise Europe Network Ulrike works on building international innovation collaborations on a company as well as on a regional level. Moreover, Ulrike advises and supports client companies on access to EU and other funding mechanisms. She uses her expert knowledge of global markets and industry trends in healthcare as a specialist assessor for Innovate UK.